About (Updated: January 2013)
Welcome to my public face on the Internet. I try to keep this website updated with samples of my work when (possible – permitted). As you will find, I am pretty much a generalist familiar with most aspects of creating motion graphics for almost any media. My core applications are Photoshop, Maya, Blender, and After Effects. I love to collaborate on projects and ideas. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Thanks for visiting.
On my technical side, I have been programming creating prototypes and web applications using Visual Basic,
ASP, ASP.NET, Python, etc. I also am proficient on client side technologies such as XML, HTML, CSS,
An example website: Web Application and Programming Samples..
Other Stuff: I am a bit of a techie using my linux notebook exclusively for web browsing & research. I keep my Mac and Windows work computers pretty much offline (locked down) except for updates and web site testing. Years ago, I started a Real Estate virtual tour business. At that time, I became an expert doing Spherical Panoramas and working with HDR lighting in difficult lighting situations. I have always been interested in photography. I use photos mostly for digital matte work, graphics work, and web projects. I love dusk shots, in particular, the lighting aspects of Rembrandt lighting.
I have been working with graphics since 1993-94. back when Photoshop was version 2.5. I have always loved doing computer graphics and photo manipulation. I currently work full time (9-6) at a great company. I find Photoshop is the basis for everything I do. Anything from corporate presentations to creating textures for Maya.
In 2007 I decided to up the ante on my graphics skills by purchasing and learning Maya 8.5. I also use Blender (blender.org). These 3D applications took my graphics skills to a new level. Maya 8.5 and Blender was a blank slate with no texture assets. It took some time to create thousands of textures used to create my current work. I am devoted to learn everything I can about Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, Digital Mattes, and Projections. I also am interested in the visual story telling process 'Making Movies'. Today, I am using Maya and Blender. I also attend as many user groups as possible to keep up with this ever changing tool.
In 2008 I decided to add another skill to my arsenal by purchasing After Effects. It was the final piece in place to round out my visual effects skill set. Whereas before I was only in the flat 2D world of Photoshop, now I have a new dimension which opens up the creative possibilities exponentially. With 3D motion, the creative possibilities are endless!
As a rule, I have found that there is no single software package that does everything I need to do. Also, every software seems to have some set of problems associated with it. THERE IS NO PERFECT SOFTWARE! (i.e. Maya 2009-2010 has Z-Depth file export issues except for OpenEXR). It is the combination of tools and how to use them that produces the desired results. Generally I use (1) Photoshop, (2) Maya/Blender, and (3) After Effects as my main tools of choice. I also use Vue/Maya/Blender to help create some of my 2D-3D digital mattes. What gives the final product the "polished look" are the plug-ins and effects filters used in conjunction with the above tools mentioned. I love Red Giant plugins.
Here is where I am in the January 2013.
I work full time for a Healthcare Company. When I am not doing that, I work on programming and web application projects. I have decided that my skill set (graphics & programming) really is perfect for indipendent game development. After my 9-5 job, I spend time working on my new U-Boat game. I plan to start a blog and start showing screenshots - via social media to promote the new game,
The other part of my free time is spent learning and creating high-end web based interfaces and mobile websites. Over the last year, I have created two personal websites supporting mobile devices.
THANKS FOR VISITING! Jan
PLEASE DO FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.